Kotka

Travel Guide
Kotka

This international maritime city is understandably proud of its splendid parks. Explore the underwater world of Finnish fish and admire the beautiful archipelago of Kotka.

Kotka lies on the Kymijoki estuary, and is a lively coastal city where the sea has always played an important role in its daily life. The city – originally established on the island known as Kotkansaari – has, over time, spread to the mainland, but has not forgotten its roots as a centre of maritime activity. Any trip to Kotka should include a visit to the Maritime Centre Vellamo, to learn about the history of the Kymenlaakso region and its seagoing past. Stroll around Kotka’s many parks, the most acclaimed of which is the Sapokka Water Garden, established where the sea protrudes inland.

A large number of Kotka’s most interesting sights are on Kotkansaari Island, and they are easily reached on foot. Begin your city break in Kotka with a stroll along the splendid Veistospromenadi (Sculpture Promenade), in the city centre. Numerous statues by famous Finnish sculptors and artists line the avenue of linden trees between Sibelius Park and Toivo Pekkanen Park. Many of Kotka’s best shops, including those in the Pasaati Shopping Centre and the old Market Hall, go on for a couple of miles in the city.

Kotkansaari Island has a number of carefully-tended parks laid out in a grid pattern, offering shade to their many visitors. Explore Isopuisto (Great Park), established at the beginning of the 19th century around the Church of St Nicholas. The park is a successful version of an English place of leisure, whose abundant flora reflects the original features of the terrain. The small and alluring Fuksinpuisto Park is full of azaleas, which are at their best in early summer.

You could plan an interesting and inexpensive holiday to Kotka and simply stroll through its parks. Besides those in the central part of the city, there are two gems right by the sea. In the Sapokka Water Garden there are small brooks, ponds and a waterfall almost 20 metres high which shines at night with magnificent colours. Katariinan Meripuisto is a park and outdoor activity centre covering 20 hectares and lying at the tip of Kotkansaari Island. Explore the meditative labyrinth of the park, and play on the xylophone embedded in stone as you stroll across the verdant lawns.

After you have toured the city’s parks, you should visit its most interesting indoor sights, the Maritime Centre Vellamo and the Kotka Maretarium. The former consists of two museums, which you can conveniently visit on one ticket. The Kymenlaakso Museum celebrates the everyday existence of the region’s people, and the Finnish Coast Guard’s tales of heroism. It also houses a collection of hand-carved boats. The Finnish Maritime Museum is a record of seagoing history, from the 17th century up to the present day.

Kotka Maretarium is a unique destination for visitors, where you can learn about Finnish fish species housed in aquaria. Take a peep at the Baltic Sea tanks, and marvel at the misshapen bullheads and the darting Baltic herrings. The water comes directly from the sea, so the residents live according to the fluctuations of the seasons. The tanks contain fish from all over Finland – and even as far away as the streams in the fells of Lapland.

While in Kotka, it is also worth seeing the islands off the coast. Take a boat to Varissaari or Kaunissaari, both great places to chill out. You could also attend the Kotka Maritime Festival, when the city’s lovely parks set the scene for a whole range of events.

Beach Hotel Santalahti
Beach Hotel Santalahti
Mastotie 1, Kotka
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £56 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Kotka, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of St Nicolai Kirkko, Mansikkalahti and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Sapokka ...
Beach Hotel Santalahti
Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka
Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka
4 out of 5
Keskuskatu 21, Kotka
The price is £106 per night from 15 Oct to 15 Oct
Located in the heart of Kotka, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Kotkan Kaupunginteatteri and St Nicolai Kirkko. Maritime Centre Vellamo and Maretarium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (263 reviews)
otka
"Location is good and breakfast is very nice."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka
Santalahti Resort
Santalahti Resort
3.5 out of 5
Santalahdentie 150, Kotka
The price is £85 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Kotka, this beachfront cottage is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of St Nicolai Kirkko, Mansikkalahti and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Sapokka ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
"Resort is right on the water. Cottages are small yet cute, cozy and fully equipped."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Santalahti Resort
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Stunning 2-bed Apartment in Kotka
Stunning 2-bed Apartment in Kotka
3.5 out of 5
The price is £60 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in Kotka, this apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from River Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge and Maritime Centre ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Hyvä perushuoneisto
"Hyvä perushuoneisto. Kuvauksen mukainen ja koiran kanssa näppärä vaihtoehto keskustan hotelleille."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Stunning 2-bed Apartment in Kotka
Santalahti Resort
Santalahti Resort
3.5 out of 5
Santalahdentie 150, Kotka
The price is £85 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Kotka, this beachfront cottage is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of St Nicolai Kirkko, Mansikkalahti and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Sapokka ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
"Resort is right on the water. Cottages are small yet cute, cozy and fully equipped."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Santalahti Resort
Rantakari Cottage
Rantakari Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Seurakuja 6, Kotka
The price is £132 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Situated in Kotka, this cottage is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from River Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge and Maritime Centre Vellamo. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
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"Kuvat vähän hämää, on pienempi mesta mutta hyvin mahduttiin olemaan (kolmen hengen työporukka) Lämmin ruokailutila/terassi joka on lähes meren päällä oli yksi parhaita työhuoneista ikinä! Puulämmitteinen sauna sisällä oli myös hyvä. Toinen kerta kun täällä oltiin-toivottavasti ei viimeinen. t. ..."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

Rantakari Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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